Jose Mourinho has revealed that he never even considered the prospect of becoming Manchester United boss when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down last summer, despite reports insisting that he shed tears when David Moyes took up the role.
According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the Chelsea manager spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson last year and confirmed that he did not want to fill the void at Old Trafford, as he had his heart set on a return to Stamford Bridge.
“[I] Do not know if Sir Alex Ferguson thought of me at Manchester United or not. The reality is that I wanted to go to Chelsea. I talked with him after we (Real Madrid) eliminated United from the Champions League and told him what I wanted to do, that Chelsea was where I wanted to go," Mourinho supposedly told The Sun.
This is in irrefutable contrast to reports which have previously suggested that Mourinho wanted to take over at the Manchester club once he left Real Madrid last summer. Certain rumours even claimed that he had been reduced to tears upon hearing that Moyes had been made United manager, though these were quickly refuted.
United fans may well now be pondering what might have been had Mourinho taken control. Whilst Chelsea are enjoying a healthy revival since his second coming - and are firmly in contention for the title - the Red Devils are languishing in seventh place in the Premier League, and are experiencing perhaps the worst season they’ve had since the competition’s birth.